ECSC Thursday Wrap Up

Thursday At The ASP 4-Star Coastal Edge ECSC Presented By Vans

Kolohe Andino. Photo: Hilleman

Kolohe Andino. Photo: Hilleman

Unlike the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that (barely) shook Virginia Beach and much of the Mid Atlantic Monday, garnering ‘Breaking News’ on TV channels across the nation, Hurricane Irene should be taken seriously. In all probability this storm will unleash a swatch of fury across multiple states this weekend, bringing widespread torrential rain and damaging winds.

Therein lies the love/hate relationship east coasters have with hurricane season. What starts as an exciting blip of spinning Saharan dust on a computer monitor, promising to cure ailing souls after a brutal summer of groveling, ends up plowing through the swell window and into homes instead – causing headache and heartbreak without an abundance of barrels.

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Evan Geiselman. Photo: Hilleman

In light of Irene the ECSC will wrap up tomorrow, two days ahead of schedule. On the bright side, at least there will be waves.

We caught up with Virginia Beach’s Michael Dunphy to get an update on Irene and today’s ECSC action.

Transworld Surf: Nice heat win this morning Dunphy.

Yeah, thanks. There were a couple fun waves. Nothing great but tomorrow should be a lot better.

What’s the vibe over there with Irene looming, are you worried?

Yeah, it might be really bad. I’m trying not to stress about it.

What about the guys from out of town who have never been around this hurricane season drama?

It’s funny, Nat Young and Chase Wilson are staying with me and their parents are calling like, “Are you guys gonna be okay? What’s going on over there?” They’ve never experienced a hurricane and have no idea what to expect.

Are all of you staying around VB together during the storm?

There’s a mandatory evacuation but we don’t plan to leave, we’re just going to stick it out and try to find waves after it clears, though I’m not sure where to go yet. It’s crazy, people are stressing. Hopefully the Outer Banks don’t get a direct hit, that would be devastating. It sucks the event has to end early but at least the waves aren’t flat.

Speaking of the contest, what happened to Gorkin and Asher today?

They just had shockers I guess.

I’d say. Those two combined to win five of the past six ECSC’s and went out first heat this year.

Yeah shockers were happening out there, it was tough to find good waves.

Good luck with the contest tomorrow and the hurricane this weekend, hope everything goes well. What does the winner get again, 12 grand?

Yeah 12 grand. If I won we’d have a huge one [laughs]. It’d be a ghost town around here but that would make for the sickest hurricane party. There’d only be four of us but it would be the biggest four-person party ever.

Soaking up the sun before Irene strikes VB. Photo: Hilleman

Soaking up the sun before Irene strikes VB. Photo: Hilleman

Irene Forces Mammoth Day for Vans Pro, Andino Secures ASP North America Pro Junior Title

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia / USA (Thursday, August 25, 2011) – The 2011 ASP 4-Star Coastal Edge Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior brought to you by Rockstar and Skullcandy completed another massive day of competition, wrapping up 36 heats in increasing three foot surf at 1st Street Jetty to narrow the men’s field down to 32 while deciding the Vans Pro Junior’s Quarterfinalists. To punctuate the exciting day of surfing, California prodigy Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 17, secured the 2011 ASP North America Pro Junior Series Title.

While the Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior were expected to have a seven-day waiting period ending Sunday, August 28, the impending Hurricane Irene, which is expected to wreak havoc on Virginia Beach as early as Saturday morning, has forced event organizers to crown winners by tomorrow afternoon.

Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 18, who has finaled in every ASP North America Pro Junior event this year, maintained his form throughout the season and achieved his year-long goal of taking out the honorable regional title.

“That was my main goal to win the title this year,” Andino said. “I wanted to win because Evan (Geiselman) won it last year, and he beat me fair and square, I was in all of the events and he won. I’m glad to have it checked off my list. I’ve ended up in all of the finals so far this year, I started off with those first two good results and the rest of the year went well for me.”

Andino, who won his Round of 32 Vans Pro Junior heat in addition to his men’s Round of 64 match, has been on an absolute tear, skyrocketing up the ASP World Ranking via consecutive equal 3rd place finishes in the last ASP PRIME and ASP 6-Star event, but innovative regular-footer remains humble regarding his success.

“Sometimes you can get too overconfident,” Andino said. “In my first heat this morning I felt like I was surfing kind of lackadaisical and not really giving it my all. In the middle of the heat I thought ‘this is lame, I’m going to go out there and amp out as hard as I can.’ I’ve just got to stay humble and stay hungry.”

Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 20, had a successful day to open his Coastal Edge Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior campaign, scalping victories in both divisions while earning the highest single-wave score of the day for ASP Pro Junior action, 8.83 out of 10 with two powerful forehand turns.

“I took a break after the US Open, I didn’t go to Europe and I thought I’d take a break because I’ve been doing contests all year and I’ve been having a bad year,” Young said. “I took a little time and free-surfed and went on a trip and now I’m here and I’m hungry to do well here.”

Young, who has been dissatisfied with his performance over the last few events, is hoping to find his form again in Virginia Beach to spark some a positive roll for the remainder of his season.

“This event for me is to get back on track, get a good result and to get my confidence going again for the back half of this year,” Young said. “It’d be awesome to do well here and I’m going to try my hardest to do well in both divisions.”

Ben Bourgeois. Photo: Hilleman

Ben Bourgeois. Photo: Hilleman

Michael Dunphy (Virginia Beach, VA), 21, who is an event wildcard, capitalized on his local knowledge of 1st Street Jetty to take a commanding victory in his Round of 64 heat while belting the day’s highest heat-total of 14.50 (out of 20).

“I was a little bit nervous and I’m glad to get that first heat out of the way,” Dunphy said. “I just wanted to get some waves that would give me the opportunity to get scores and I knew it was dead-low tide and was going to be kind of slow. I got that one right off the bat and got another one. I only got a few waves, so luckily I got a few good ones and made it through.”

The Virginia Beach native shook off the nerves that came along with competing in front of his home crowd and is out to post a top result at the Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro.

“I think it’s good to get that first heat out of the way just to get going in the contest,” Dunphy said. “Hopefully I can make it through three-or-four more and make the Final.”

Michael February (Cape Town, ZAF), 18, who has won numerous heats thus far, continued to flare when he belted the day’s highest single-wave score of a 9.00 with a lightning quick attack despite the mushy waves on offer at 1st Street Jetty.

“The waves are pretty fun and it’s picked up a bit more,” February said. “I guess I got lucky and got a few waves and I just managed to finish off a few turns.”

February, who traveled to Virginia Beach in search of the ASP 4-Star points on offer to build his ASP World Ranking, has begun to assert himself as a bit of an international force among his fellow competitors.

“It’s been great to surf a lot of heats,” February said. “I’ve made a couple now and I’ve got a good rhythm going so hopefully I can keep it up I guess. I pretty much came here for the points. I’m trying to go around and surf these 4-Stars and build my seed up.”

The Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior brought to you by Rockstar and Skullcandy will recommence at 7am tomorrow morning and crown champions by day’s end. To watch the HD webcast LIVE log on to www.vans.com/vanspro.

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspnorthamerica.org

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Round of 64 Results:

Heat 1: Michael Dunphy (USA) 14.17, Michael February (ZAF) 11.73, Dane Anderson (USA) 8.90, Dylan Graves (PRI) 6.40
Heat 2: Kalani David (HAW) 13.00, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 10.47, Jack Perry (AUS) 9.34, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 6.64
Heat 3: Evan Geiselman (USA) 10.63, Derek Peters (USA) 10.40, Taylor Thorne (USA) 9.64, Victor Done (USA) 5.77
Heat 4: Ian Crane (USA) 12.07, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 10.74, Bobby Okvist (USA) 8.06, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 6.77
Heat 5: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 13.94, Leigh Sedley (AUS) 9.10, Roy Powers (HAW) 7.66, P.J. Raia (USA) 7.24
Heat 6: Brian Toth (PRI) 12.77, Evan Thompson (USA) 11.40, Angelo Lozano (MEX) 8.27, Michael Powell (USA) 7.90
Heat 7: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 9.93, Cory Arrambide (USA) 9.76, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 5.70, Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 5.56
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.10, Rob Kelly (USA) 10.60, Jair Perez (CRI) 10.60, Lucas Rogers (USA) 5.73
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 12.93, Balaram Stack (USA) 9.23, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 8.60, Andrew Doheny (USA) 8.57
Heat 10: Blake Jones (USA) 10.37, Brad Ettinger (USA) 9.73, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 8.10, Derrick Disney (USA) 6.80
Heat 11: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.33, Dylan Kowalski (USA) 8.40, Chase Wilson (USA) 8.03, Keanu Asing (HAW) 7.45
Heat 12: Kyle Garson (USA) 11.00, Conner Coffin (USA) 9.60, Ian Gentil (HAW) 6.96, Adrien Toyon (REU) ns
Heat 13: Cody Thompson (USA) 10.40, Mark Dawson (USA) 10.17, Nils Schweizer (USA) 8.63, Joan Duru (FRA) ns
Heat 14: Torrrey Meister (HAW) 13.74, Cameron Richards (USA) 12.83, Jared Thorne (USA) 11.10, Dean Randazzo (USA) 1.50
Heat 15: Parker Coffin (USA) 11.90, Luke Davis (USA) 11.10, Fisher Heverly (USA) 5.92, Kevin Sullivan (HAW) ns
Heat 16: Jeremy Johnston (USA) 12.86, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.47, Cristobal De Col (PER) 11.77, Koa Smith (HAW) 10.43

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Round of 96 Results:

Heat 5: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 13.50, Evan Thompson (USA) 11.50, Colin Moran (USA) 8.07, Jason Harris (USA) 7.20
Heat 6: Michael Powell (USA) 11.50, P.J. Raia (USA) 8.74, Nathan Behl (USA) 7.94, Makai McNamara (HAW) 7.83
Heat 7: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.00, Jair Perez (CRI) 8.50, Asher Nolan (USA) 8.46, Tayler Brothers (USA) 8.17
Heat 8: Rob Kelly (USA) 11.67, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 11.20, Hunter Lysaught (USA) 8.10, Zoltan Torkos (USA) 5.60
Heat 9: Balaram Stack (USA) 10.57, Derrick Disney (USA) 10.36, Matt-Lewis Hewitt (NZL) 9.63, Travis Southworth (MEX) 5.17
Heat 10: Blake Jones (USA) 11.24, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 10.43, Aaron Cormican (USA) 9.40, Eric McHenry (USA) 8.40
Heat 11: Chase Wilson (USA) 13.33, Ian Gentil (HAW) 9.50, Dane Zaun (USA) 9.47, Chris Tucker (USA) 8.54
Heat 12: Kyle Garson (USA) 10.74, Dylan Kowalski (USA) 7.47, Keto Burns (USA) 7.44, Sam Orozco (USA) 7.03
Heat 13: Cody Thompson (USA) 12.27, Dean Randazzo (USA) 12.07, Christian Saenz (USA) 8.60, Keetin Devine (USA) 5.84
Heat 14: Cameron Richards (USA) 11.70, Mark Dawson (USA) 8.97, Travis Beckmann (USA) 8.84, Eros Exarhou (USA) 7.27
Heat 15: Parker Coffin (USA) 11.97, Cristobal De Col (PER) 11.30, Phillip Goold (USA) 8.57, Tonino Benson (HAW) 8.36
Heat 16: Koa Smith (HAW) 9.56, Fisher Heverly (USA) 9.43, Scott Weinhardt (USA) 7.23, Brett Barley (USA) 7.13

Coastal Edge Vans Pro Junior Round of 32 Results:

Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 13.00, Balaram Stack (USA) 9.37, Ian Gentil (HAW) 8.10, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 5.26
Heat 2: Conner Coffin (USA) 10.77, Chase Wilson (USA) 9.84, Christian Saenz (USA) 9.07, Shaw Kobayashi (USA) 5.10
Heat 3: Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.30, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.07, Michael February (ZAF) 9.77, Victor Done (USA) 4.10
Heat 4: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.03, P.J. Raia (USA) 9.84, Tayler Brothers (USA) 9.73, Ryan Croteau (USA) 5.00
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.05, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 10.50, Taylor Thorne (USA) 8.24, Jake Halstead (USA) 3.90
Heat 6: Evan Thompson (USA) 11.10, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 10.83, Derrick Disney (USA) 8.06, Dylan Kowalski (USA) 6.37
Heat 7: Luke Davis (USA) 12.83, Fisher Heverly (USA) 11.04, Taylor Clark (USA) 6.94, Dane Zaun (USA) 6.90
Heat 8: Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.27, Derek Peters (USA) 11.80, Nick Rupp (USA) 9.34, JD Lewis (USA) 7.50